Post # 1
I am looking for alternatives to place cards. We opted not to do a seating arrangement (only reserve VIP tables for immediate family and wedding party). However, we are having a plated dinner, so some how the waitstaff needs a cue of what entree they are to serve each person.
Our coordinator suggested place cards with blue & green (our colors) stickers to indicate the different meal options. We are trying to go eco-friendly and the tables already have a lot on them. Does anyone have any ideas? I need something that will be simple and quick because we are down to the wire.
Post # 3
I honestly dont think you cannot get away without a seating plan. Whats your reason for not doing this? (just out of curiousity) that way you could say to staff, there are so many of this at that table and so many of this at this table…def eco friendly there.
Sorry it may not be helpful or the advice your after but a seating plan could actually be good!
Post # 4
I personally think the seating plan is a pain in the butt to put together just to make everyone mad with you for where they have been sat. A lot of recently wed friends (and out coordinator) agree that a plan is not worth the hassle for a reception of our size.
Open seating is very common in West Virginia. Most of the weddings I have been to do this, so I think it is almost expected. There is a post in the West Virginia local boards that has a similar topic about seating arrangements and rationale.
Post # 5
I understand your reasons for not wanting a seating chart; however, a plated meal usually requires some kind of assignment. Does your venue have any suggestions?
All of the plated meals I have had at weddings have required place cards with a sticker on the back to indicate meal preference.
Sorry I am not much help!
Post # 6
That is actually why I posted here, to ask for creative, quite possibly unconvential, ideas to serve in place of place cards with stickers. On other sites I have seen suggestion such as colored pebbles, leaves marked with a metallic paint marker, etc that will not clutter the table with more wasted paper, but will help to indicate to the staff, which meal to serve.
I am just looking for something different. Not to be told that I simply cannot avoid something.
Post # 7
How about having re-usable colored fun straws…
I know it sounds weird, but heres what I was thinking…
Have a large sign with each guest’s name on it. Next to each name is the color straw that person gets (to keep and take home -maybe even as the favor). Have directions maybe with a fun quote or something instructing them to put the straw in their water glass (to make sure the servers know who to give what food too).
ex: Blue straws for chicken, Green straws for Fish and white straws for veggie meals
Since the straw is re-usable and not a toss-away you are keeping things eco friendly (you could even go as far as getting ones that are made from recycled materials or something.) Plus since it is to be placed in their water glass it won’t take up anymore table space.
I know its kind of a weird idea… hope it helped. 🙂
Post # 8
Something like this……. as an example ……
Post # 9
Can you tell us a little bit about your wedding? What are the colors? what’s the venue like? what is the theme? Maybe we can come up with something if we know a little more about the type of event you are having!
Post # 10
the straw idea is very cute. I might do that.
Our wedding/reception is very informal. The venue is a lodge-style, small resort. Guest list is 70-80 people. Flower are succulents instead of traditional flowers and potted succulents on the tables. Colors are clover green and navy blue. We have no real theme other than that we are trying to keep things simple (and as a result, to some degree ‘green’). For example, instead of sending invites with multiple inserts–RSPV cards, directions, etc.–we designed our own postcards and all RSVPs are going to our wedding website. The main theme is that we are trying not to create material that will be used for a few hours and then thrown out. It just seems so waistful.
Post # 11
Are you giving away any favors? Along the lines of the straw idea, you could potentially color code them to serve as both favors and meal preference indicators.
Post # 12
I agree, the straw idea is really cute. But do you have to tell the venue beforehand how many of each dish you need? If you put out straws, I’d be afraid that people would change their minds last minute and take a straw that was not intended for them.
Post # 13
I like the idea of the straws! Are you having other favors? (like if you are doing an edible one, maybe different colored ribbon or packaging for the different options?!)
I really like the idea of not using place card and seating arrangement, its not common out here but I am totally going that route!
Post # 14
I’m not having assigned seats because I too agree it is a pain in the butt! I’m just reserving tables for the bridal party and family.
What about a decorative wine glass or colored wine glass based on the meal choice. I would think you would want something that the guests won’t stuff in their pockets i.e a pebble or eat before the waiter has a chance to serve them.
Post # 15
Maybe you could tie different color ribbons around the stems of the water glasses? We’re not planning on having assigned seating either, but we’re having a buffet so we haven’t faced this problem. Do people get to choose which meal they want on the day of, or did they have to tell you in advance?
Post # 16
@prairiegrl – I second that – tie a ribbon around the stem of the glass. Still looks nice, doesn’t take up a lot of table space & ribbon can be find cheap online. Good luck!